After winning their opening round match-ups, the Junior Fed Cup, Junior Davis Cup and World Junior Team Competition (WJTC) girls’ squads were all victorious on day two, thus securing a place in their respective finals. With their win, the WJTC boys’ team have given themselves a chance to compete for a spot of their own in the final.
It was another successful day for the Canadian Junior Fed Cup team on Friday against Puerto Rico. Jada Bui and Leylah Fernandez both won their singles matches in straight sets. Bui then teamed up with Rachel Hanford to not only get the win for the team, but also secure a spot in the Junior Fed Cup finals, which will take place in Budapest in September.
The girls will place their ultimate matches of the competition on Saturday against the USA.
After cutting it close on Thursday against Mexico, the Canadian boys were looking to raise their level on day two of competition against Guatemala. Ilya Tiraspolsky got the team off to a strong start with his dominant 6-2, 6-1 performance. Joshua Lapadat also started his match well, but had a tough second set, notably experiencing difficulties while on serve. He was able to regain momentum and take the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-1. With this win, he clinched not only the tie, but also a spot for his nation in the finals. In the final doubles match, Tiraspolsky and Samuel Paquette teamed up to get the 6-4, 6-3 win.
On Saturday, the boys will play their final matches against team USA.
For their part, the U14 girls picked up right where they left off on Friday, putting together a solid effort to get a 3-0 win over Mexico. After taking the first set, Victoria Mboko made a lot of unforced errors and dropped the second. The young Canadian rallied in the third set, playing much more aggressively to take the match 6-4, 2-6, 6-1. In the second match, Mia Kupres got off to a great start, but lost her focus midway through. The Canadian ultimately came out on top in a tight battle with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 victory. The pair of Mboko and Martyna Ostrzygalo breezed through the final doubles match, winning by a score of 6-1, 6-1.
With their victory on Friday, the Canadian team earns a spot in the WJTC finals which are schedule to be held in the Czech Republic in August. The girls will take on the USA on Saturday in the final leg of the qualifying competition.
On Friday, the U14 boys team was looking to bounce back against Mexico after dropping their opening round tie against the USA. Jaden Weekes got the team off to a good start by winning the first match 6-2 3-6 6-2. Despite dropping the second set, the young Canadian showed character and composure to dig out the win. It was then Stefan Simeunovic’s turn to step up to the plate, as he played a consistent match from start to finish, earning a 6-3 6-0 win. In doubles, Simeunovic and teammate Aron Pilbart managed to get the win by a score of 6-3 6-2.
The Canadian team will be looking to earn a spot in the WJTC finals as they take on El Salvador on Saturday.